Fallout TV Series Is Happening With Jonathan Nolan Directing

By Apeksha Bagchi | 2 weeks ago

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With HBO busy shooting for their upcoming series The Last of Us, the live-action adaptation of the 2013 video game of the same name, and Netflix already preparing for the third season of its hit video-game adaptation, The Witcher, Amazon Studios has also joined the race. Last year, in July, the production company finally managed to license the rights to the popular role-playing game (RPG) series, Fallout, for an Amazon Prime TV series adaptation. And now, after months of silence, Jonathan Nolan (Westworld) has been finalized as the director of the series. 

As per Deadline’s report, the Fallout TV series will debut on Prime Video and will be produced by Jonathan Nolan and Lis Joy’s Kilter Films and Amazon Studios along with Bethesda Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks. Nolan will be directing the premiere of the series while Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Graham Wagner have joined the project as showrunners. The executive producers for the series will be Nolan, Joy, and Athena Wickham for Kilter Films; James Altman for Bethesda Softworks; and Todd Howard for Bethesda Game Studios.

The Fallout TV series is slated to begin filming sometime in 2022. No information regarding its cast has been revealed, though judging by the given production timeline we can expect official announcements (or unwanted leaks) to confirm the cast of the upcoming series in the coming months. But speaking as a true fan of the video game series the show will be based on, hopefully, it will be an honest adaptation of the perfect storyline we have played for years. 

Set in an alternate future, the Fallout video games are post-apocalyptic RPGs that take place after a massive nuclear war. The setting in the games is one “where the future envisioned by Americans in the late 1940s explodes upon itself through a nuclear war in 2077.” The very technology that humans hoped would create a better world has reduced the planet to a wasteland. Almost all the games under the franchise contain a main protagonist who is tasked with a difficult task that they have to complete while battling every hurdle to reach their goal. Unless the Fallout TV series explores some major deviations, it will be following the above-mentioned storyline. 

To date, the franchise has won many Game of the Year awards, including the Best Game title at the BAFTA Awards 2016 won by Fallout 4, and its sales have always peaked. In July 2020, when Amazon Studios announced the making of the Fallout TV series, Joy and Noland had expressed their enthusiasm at bringing the “greatest game series of all time” to life on the screen. 

Nolan, who has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for Westworld, is also an ardent fan of the games and hopes to bring its “massive, subversive, and darkly funny universe to life” in the Fallout TV series. 

Albert Cheng, COO and Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios, is equally excited about Nolan and Joy helming the Fallout TV series. “Fallout is an iconic global franchise, with legions of fans worldwide and a rich, deeply compelling storyline that powers it,” he said, adding that they have chosen “the perfect storytellers to bring this series to life.”